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Golf's Proshek nominated for Palmer Cup team

Golf's Proshek nominated for Palmer Cup team

St. Thomas Men's Golf's Scott Proshek is on a list of men's and women's coaching nominees from all levels of college golf nominated for spots on the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup.

Two men's and two women's head coaches and two men's and two women's assistants will be chosen for the U.S. and International team.

Head coach nominees will be interviewed in the coming weeks with selections anounced in early fall.

Proshek previously was named one of six Division III Regional Coaches of the Year for 2017-18 by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Proshek was on the national ballot for National Coach of the Year. He previously received MIAC Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his eight seasons.

Proshek's 2017-18 Tommies were ranked No. 1 in the GolfStat computer rankings and No. 3 in the Division III coaches' poll for much of the late fall and spring. They swept team titles last October at the MIAC Championships and the elite GolfWeek tournament, then tied for 11th out of 42 teams in May at the 72-hole national meet.

Rising junior Emmet Herb was named conference Player of the Year. Herb joined graduating senior Pete Sienko among 30 finalists for National Player of the Year.

Proshek, who starts his ninth season as head coach fall 2018, has guided the Tommies to five NCAA top-20 team finishes in the last seven seasons. UST's fifth-place nationals finish in May 2016 was the best in program history.

On the conference scene, St. Thomas has finished in the top four in the 10-team race in each of the last nine seasons, including five top-two places.


Arnold Palmer Cup

The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997.

The U.S. team consists of 12 men's and 12 women's golfers. The first six players shall be selected using the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking. The remaining six players shall be selected by using five committee picks and one coach's pick. One of the committee selections must be a non-Division I golfer. The coach's pick will be the final selection on the team and designated as such when announced. 

Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 51 have claimed 191 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 12-9-1.

Starting in 2018, participants include corresponding women golfers added to both the USA and International teams making this golf's only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.